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The first duty of society is to give each of its members
by Alexis Carrel

The first duty of society is to give each of its members
the possibility of fulfilling his destiny.
When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
- Alexis Carrel

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest
gift of the human cerebrum.
- Alexis Carrel

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.
- Alexis Carrel

 

In man, the things which are not measurable are more
important than those which are measurable.
- Alexis Carrel

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing
out the best in human personality.
- Alexis Carrel

All great men are gifted with intuition.
They know without reasoning or analysis,
what they need to know.
- Alexis Carrel

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Comforts and syphilis are the greatest enemies of mankind.
- Alexis Carrel

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories
is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long.
It separates us from reality like a fog.
- Alexis Carrel

A few observation and much reasoning lead to error;
many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
- Alexis Carrel

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life
because it is essentially destructive.
- Alexis Carrel

Man cannot remake himself without suffering,
for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
- Alexis Carrel

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense,
as a method for comprehending all observable reality,
and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.
- Alexis Carrel

The quality of life is more important than life itself.
- Alexis Carrel

Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance;
it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.
- Alexis Carrel

To what extent is any given man morally responsible
for any given act? We do not know.
- Alexis Carrel

Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.
- Alexis Carrel

All of us, at certain moments of our lives,
need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
- Alexis Carrel

The most efficient way to live reasonably is every
morning to make a plan of one's day and every night
to examine the results obtained.
- Alexis Carrel

Religion brings to man an inner strength,
spiritual light, and ineffable peace.
- Alexis Carrel

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous


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